Mt. Akagi is a massif surrounding Maebashi City, the capital of Gunma Prefecture, which is located near the center of Japan. It is approximately 110 km from Tokyo and it takes about two hours by car or train. Mt. Akagi is a tourist spot where you can enjoy mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and gourmet food in natural surroundings. You can also enjoy Japanese history and hot springs throughout the year.
|Location||lat. 36°33’37” N. and long. 139°11’36” E.|
|Topography||It is a large volcanic zone. The central caldera is surrounded by 1,200-1,800 m dome peaks, the outside of which spread to the elevation of approximately 800 m widely and gently form a high plateau.|
|Climate||Although the climate of the flatland around the foot of the mountain is Pacific Ocean side climate, that around the summit of Mt. Kurobi, the highest peak, is mountain climate and the temperature falls to -10°C or below during the severe winter.|
The “aka” of Akagiyama (Mt. Akagi) means red. There are many folk tales about the origin and history of the name. For example, some say it was named after the color of the blood shed in the fight between the God of Nikko Futarasan in neighboring Tochigi Prefecture and the God of Mt. Akagi. Akagi Shrine is located at the foot of Mt. Kurobi, the highest peak of the mountain range. There are also many subordinate shrines in Tokyo and other places.
Akagi Onsen Village, which is historic and also called a “medicinal bath,” is located south of Mt. Akagi. It is a natural strong carbonated hot spring that is good for neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, stiff shoulders, and poor circulation. It also has rejuvenating and immune effects, and thus it is considered very effective for health promotion.
According to the description on “Yakushizon stone statue,” the guardian Buddha of Akagi Onsen, the hot spring was opened in 1467. Ancient writings note that “Sakai Utanokami, Feudal Lord of Maebashi, had a bath hut built to help people in 1689.”
There are five small inns in Akagi Onsen Village, which consists of Akagi Onsen, Chuji Onsen, and Takizawa Onsen. In those small inns surrounded by mountains, you can enjoy seasonal landscape and changes embraced by the great nature of Mt. Akagi.
You can fully enjoy beautiful landscapes each season: cherry blossoms at the foot of the mountain and large gregarious azaleas in the spring; mountains covered with green and the beautiful contrast with the blue sky in the summer; the whole mountain covered with colorful autumn colors in the fall—yellow, orange, red, brown, and green of evergreen trees; and the beautiful snowscape in the winter, particularly in Lake Onuma and Kakumanbuchi Marsh around the summit whose mountains and lakes are blanketed in snow and ice.
At the foot of Mt. Akagi, you can enjoy picking fruit, eating soba noodles, and more, all from the varied climate and nutrition in the rich soil. In the farmers’ market at the foot of the mountain, you can find many kinds of vegetables and fruits grown in the fertile soil. In addition, you can enjoy the simple taste of local food if you stay in a hot spring hotel.